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    Why I Run

    A whole bunch of great reasons and beautiful essay. On a hot afternoon, crank the A/C and dig in!

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    Born to run.

    No pressure or anything, though.

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    AMR Club on Strava: Join Us!

    Join the AMR Tribe over on Strava, where you can log your miles, cheer each other on, and find motivation and inspiration in spades. All paces and levels welcome!

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    Win NUUN!

    Our fave way to hydrate on the hot summer—or any—days, really.

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Why I Run: Kirsten Poile

Why I Run: Kirsten Poile

An American mom of one who lives with her Irish husband in London (they just moved there from Singapore!), Kirsten Poile replaced antidepressants with running and racing—and has never felt stronger both mentally and physically.

I run for my physical and mental health. I run to set a good example for my son. And I run to get some time to myself and to clear my head.

I have a history of depression and anxiety—a long history involving years of therapy (both group and individual), medication, and even a short hospitalization. Medication and therapy worked really well for me, but when my husband and I were planning our family, I didn’t want to be on medication while pregnant…

 
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Why I Run: Ursula Gorham Oscilowski

Why I Run: Ursula Gorham Oscilowski

I generally tell people I run because it clears my head. While true, that’s not the whole story: I also run as a quiet tribute to two people who have had an enormous impact on my life.

The first person is Dr. Rick Montz, an amazing gyn-oncologist who treated me when I was diagnosed with a very slow growing form of ovarian cancer. At my first follow-up, when I was whining about the insanity of early menopause, he simply said, “You will probably never go back to feeling like you used to. Your body has been through a lot, and you have to accept that. It may take time but you will find a new ‘normal…

 
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Why I Run: Andrea Hallberg

Why I Run: Andrea Hallberg

Andrea, a Chicago-born, Seattle-living mother runner, tweets here and blogs here.

I’m so lucky to have such inspirational women in my family, the most important and obvious one being my mom.

For as long as I can remember, she has been involved in some sort of exercise: most often tennis.

I’m sure she’d rather not divulge her age, but suffice it to say that she could run in my aunt’s age group, and she still gets out almost daily to do some form of exercise.

My mom was diagnosed in February of 2011 with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when a tumor was found in her brain. After brain surgery, months of inpatient chemotherapy, followed up by radiation, she was cancer free by that May…

 
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Why I Run: Jennifer Bressette

Why I Run: Jennifer Bressette

Jennifer Bressette is one busy Mother Runner. This mom of four (two tweens and two teens!) tackled running—she started with a 5K and soon racked up half marathons—just as she’s taken on life’s numerous challenges. This Fourth of July she ran the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, the nation’s largest 10K. She recently registered for her first marathon, the Country Music Marathon in Nashville in April 2013.

I run b­­ecause I can. When I was 20, I had half my right foot amputated as a result of infection.  This left my leg with just a stump below my right ankle. The day I was able to put pressure on my foot I looked straight ahead and slowly put one foot in front of the other…

 
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Why I Run: Cynthia Ibarra

Why I Run: Cynthia Ibarra

For Cynthia Ibarra, and others involved in the organization Wear Blue: Run to Remember, running is a way to honor the service and sacrifice of U.S. military men and women. We thought it especially fitting to share her story this Independence Day. You can read Cynthia’s blog here. 

In July of 2009, I was faced with what felt like too much free time on my hands. My fiancé was deployed at the time. With little communication at the beginning of the deployment, all I wanted to do was search the news for anything about his unit. I knew that wasn’t good, so I held myself back. Still, every time my cell phone rang, I hoped it was him…

 
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